Navigation Links
Dust storms affect subsequent emergency hospital admissions
Date:12/5/2011

A new study published in the journal Respirology reveals that dust storms have an adverse effect on emergency hospital admission for chronic lung disease, often known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Dust storms in East Asia and Southern China are caused by wind-blown dust that travels long distances from North China. The concentrations of coarse particlesthose with a diameter ranging from 2.5 to 10 micrometerscan reach very high levels.

Researchers led by Prof. TW Wong, MBBS, MSc, FFPH, of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, obtained data on daily emergency admissions to major hospitals for respiratory diseases in Hong Kong, and indices of air pollutants and meteorological variables from January 1998 to December 2002. They then identified five dust storms during the period and made comparisons using independent t-tests case-crossover analysis.

Results showed that significant increases in emergency hospital admission due to COPD were found 2 days after a dust storm episode, with a 5% increase in risk. There is a link between the raised concentrations of coarse particles encountered during dust storms and a higher risk of hospital illnesses for respiratory illness, in particular, for COPD.

"Our findings show a need for timely warning for patients with chronic lung diseases to avoid exposure to air pollution when a dust storm is imminent," Tam notes.

An accompanying review article by Professor Frank J. Kelly of King's College London and colleagues looks at how detriments such as dust storms on air quality can be used to create advanced warnings of potentially health-damaging effects, in the form of national air quality indices and proactive alert services.

"With future developments, the ultimate aim is to empower people to modify behavior in a way that protects their health as well as the quality of the air they breathe," Kelly concludes.


'/>"/>
Contact: Amy Molnar
healthnews@wiley.com
201-748-8844
Wiley-Blackwell
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Fatty Liver Disease Doesnt Affect Survival, Study Finds
2. Siblings Deeply Affected By Childs Cancer Death
3. Hypertension affects brain capacity
4. Psychological factors affect IBS patients interpretation of symptom severity
5. Mom-to-Bes Mental State May Affect Childs Development
6. Where a Child Is Tested May Affect Autism Diagnosis
7. Home Environment Affects Asthmatic Kids
8. Teen Pot Use Unaffected by Medical Marijuana Law: Study
9. Handheld Metal Detectors Dont Seem to Affect Pacemakers: Study
10. Science Probes How Probiotic Yogurts Affect Your Gut
11. Could additives in hot dogs affect incidence of colon cancer?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... In the Health Care IT ... top priority because it’s not if you will be attacked, but when.” However, he ... comes to digital health care. , Improvements in auditing and monitoring have taken security ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The narrative in “ Signal 8: An Australian Paramedic’s Story ... his paramedic experiences. Schanssema describes the tragedies he saw, as well as his struggles ... , Schanssema, initially unsure of the career path he wanted to take, found fulfillment ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 24, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, ... focuses on Bible Prophecy concerning this present generation. Yisrayl makes an astounding statement ... current generation. He explains that the Bible details the current times so plainly ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... The Radiology Business Management Association will ... at the annual Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs conference, held this year ... Worth, Texas. Nine awards are given out in five categories. They are:, ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... Castle Farms, the ... Military Wedding Giveaway, with the winning couple announced on Feb. 14, 2017, on ... donated from local vendors: A Matter of Taste, Ryan Rousseau Enterprises, A Touch ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/24/2017)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... 2025" report to their offering. ... The Global Empty Capsules Market is poised to grow at ... $2.9 billion by 2025. This industry report analyzes the ... well as regional levels presented in the research scope. The study provides ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... , Feb. 24, 2017 Physician General ... Drug and Alcohol Programs Jennifer Smith commended ... providing training for and using naloxone, a life-saving overdose ... McCullough , a recovery specialist and overdose survivor who ... EMS providers. "A significant part of fighting ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... , Feb. 24, 2017 Juan ... & Associates PC , a boutique securities firm headquartered ... York City , announces that a class action ... Massachusetts  against Inotek Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ: ... the Company,s securities between July 23, 2015 and December 30, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: